NY Giants fire Jason Garrett: Possible replacements, including wildcards

Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (Image via The Record)
Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett and Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (Image via The Record) /
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The NY Giants fired Jason Garrett, following a disappointing 26-game tenure as offensive coordinator, but several possible replacements are out there 

The NY Giants fired embattled offensive coordinator Jason Garrett Tuesday, hours after falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-10, in a disjointed, uninspired effort on national television against the defending Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Garrett’s offenses have underachieved throughout his 26-game tenure as Giants‘ offensive coordinator, and has overseen the NFL’s 32nd ranked red zone offense this season.

Compounding the lack of productivity, Garrett’s most vital task was overseeing the development of young quarterback Daniel Jones, who continues to struggle with consistency and protecting the football in his third NFL season since being chosen No. 6 overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In Garrett’s wake, tight ends coach Freddie Kitchens will ascend to play-calling duties, after serving in that role in an interim basis last year when Garrett was sidelined after testing positive for COVID-19.

The final seven games of this season might serve as an addition for Kitchens to replace Garrett on a full-time basis in the role next season.

Here’s a look at four possible long-term replacements for Jason Garrett as NY Giants offensive coordinator:

1) Freddie Kitchens

Kitchens was one of Judge’s first hires in 2020, brought onto the coaching staff even before Garrett’s hire was official, underscoring how Judge views him as a coach.

Last season, the NY Giants produced 288 yards of total offense in Kitchens’ lone game as play-caller, against the Cleveland Browns, despite Jones being out due to injury and Colt McCoy at quarterback.

Kitchens has head coaching experience, as well, which could continue to prove vital to Judge, presuming the staff is in place beyond this season.